June 22, 2017

Councilman calls for city to waive $50,000 fee for Sac State graduation

Sacramento city councilman Steve Hansen said in an email to the The State Hornet on Thursday that he would support waiving the $50,000 fee that the Sacramento Kings would charge Sacramento State to use Golden 1 Center for the upcoming spring graduation ceremonies. (Photo by Angel Guerrero)

UPDATE: March 16, 3:19 p.m. — This story has been updated to include comments from Councilman Jeff Harris.

Sacramento city councilman Steve Hansen — who represents the district containing the Golden 1 Center — said Thursday that he supports the city waving a $50,000 fee that Sacramento State would have to pay in order to have this year’s graduation ceremony in the downtown arena.

The school still does not know how to pay for about $100,000 of the roughly $200,000 expected cost of holding the commencement in the arena, according to university officials earlier on Thursday.

This amount includes a $50,000 fee that could be waived if the city declared the graduation an official civic event, something the city can do nine times per year under the contract with the Sacramento Kings.

The previous venue, Sleep Train Arena, cost only about one-third of Golden 1 last spring. Both arenas are operated by the Kings, but Sleep Train is longer available for such events, according to Sac State spokesperson Craig Koscho.

In an email to The State Hornet, Hansen said that waiving the fee — which would bring down Sac State’s shortfall by about one-half — would be a “great way to give back to the University.”

“There’s no question that this graduation is an important event for our city and should benefit from our agreement with the Golden 1 Center,” Hansen said.

Hansen said that going forward, “we need to look at how we decide which events we support like this.”

The idea of the city waiving the fee was first proposed in a Sacramento Bee editorial Wednesday.

Councilman Jeff Harris, who represents the district containing Sac State, said to The State Hornet through a spokesperson that he would like to help the school afford the graduation costs.

“I would be happy to sit down with President Nelsen to see how the city can be helpful,” Harris said, referring to Sac State President Robert Nelsen.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg and the other members of the City Council did not respond to requests for comment as of press time.

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John Ferrannini

John Ferrannini is the co-Editor-in-Chief at The State Hornet. He is a junior at Sacramento State, where he is majoring in journalism. He enjoys writing about politics and profiling interesting people. He can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]


  1. How about build an Event Center on campus for activities like this?

    Oh, the students voted it down and now they are crying they dont have a place for mommy and daddy to see little Jr? Righteous.

    City shouldnt have to pay for this.

    • Understand that students would have had their tuition and fees raised for anything like that to be built. I’m a student and I have put myself through college and it’s extremely difficult to work full time and go to school full time. Yes an event center would be lovely but eating more than an all ramen diet is nice too. Are you a student? Probably not. And if you are I bet someone else paid for you and you can’t understand where anyone who voted no is coming from.

      Unless you’d like to pay for the event center to be built I’d keep your accusatory comments about students who have worked tirelessly for four plus years to graduate and get ahead in life to a minimum.

      • Cry me a river Cinderella. Yes, I voted for the new Event Center in 2004, it was approved by the vote and it still is not built. But you will stand with pride in the new Golden 1 center that some billionaire bought, I guess you have no pride in something you actually had to work for. No wonder this school sucks so bad, it is made up of free loaders who want everything for free.

        You enjoy the lowest tuition in the nation, but since Kalifornia is no longer part of America, you just keep sucking off the gubment teat. Suckers up!

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